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With so many fantastic education and training opportunities coming up over the next few months, the focus of this E-News is on learning and development - and practical ways activity providers can grow their knowledge and skills. Find out about why regular professional development is a great investment.
Research from Sport New Zealand shows that physically active Kiwis are more likely to have good mental health. A review of international literature submitted to the New Zealand Government Inquiry into Mental Health in 2018 showed that physical activity reduces the chance of experiencing depression by 10 percent in children (5-18 years), 22 percent in adults (18-64 years) and 21 percent in older adults (65+ years).
The WHO recently launched new Guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behaviour. The Guidelines provide evidence-based public health recommendations for children, adolescents, adults and older adults on the amount of physical activity (frequency, intensity and duration) required to offer significant health benefits and mitigate health risks.
Recommendations are provided for the first time on the associations between sedentary behaviour and health outcomes, as well as for subpopulations, such as pregnant and postpartum women, and people living with chronic conditions or disability.
A recently published article highlighted a number of interesting points in regards to muscle-strengthening exercise. The researchers found that whilst clinical and epidemiological evidence links muscle-strengthening exercise to optimal health and well-being, over 80 percent of adults do not report meeting the muscle-strengthening exercise guidelines (≥ 2 times per week). They also found, that compared to aerobic physical activity/exercise, muscle-strengthening exercise has been generally overlooked in public health approaches for chronic disease prevention.
The Greater Christchurch Sport & Recreation Guide has undergone a significant revamp over the past few months. New branding has been developed and the website has a fresh new look. The Activities Directory - added to the Guide in 2019 - now has close to 200 class, group and programme listings. A new Events section has also been added. The next step is to start spreading the word about the Guide more widely. Over the coming months, a promotional strategy will be rolled out to encourage more Cantabrians to visit the site and make a connection with clubs, groups and providers in their area.
Mary Walker is introduced to us in a recent Stuff article titled Zero motivation? Completely exhausted? It's you and many others, say experts. She has been "so tired" for months. "I just feel lethargic," she says. "I haven't got any motivation, because I can't plan things like I normally would."
Mary's experience is not unique, people everywhere are experiencing emotional "ups and downs", low levels of motivation, fatigue and stress.
The good news is that activity providers are well positioned to make a big contribution to the recovery effort. Routines and structure play an important role in helping people cope with uncertain times.